MI Wildlife Habitat Grant Program (WHGP)

Michigan Department of Natural Resources


Grant amount: More than US $15,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 21, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Individuals Organizations

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Michigan

Location of residency: Michigan

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Overview:

Program Objective(s):

The primary goal of this program is to enhance and improve the quality and quantity of game species habitat in support of specific goals from the Wildlife Division’s strategic plan, "Guiding Principles and Strategies - The GPS," specifically GPS Goal 2 – Manage habitat for sustainable wildlife populations in a changing environment.

Program Goals

The primary goal of this program is to enhance and improve the quality and quantity of game species habitat in support of specific goals from the Wildlife Division’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020, The GPS.

Specifically: 

GPS Goal 2 – Manage habitat for sustainable wildlife populations and wildlife based recreation.

Key Priorities

  • More Bang for Your Buck (See Appendix A of the WHGP Handbook). 
  • Expanding big game hunting adventures.
  • Bringing back quality pheasant hunting to Michigan.
  • Making Michigan regionally known for our great diversity of high-quality waterfowl hunting.
  • Creating outstanding grouse, woodcock, and turkey hunting in Michigan.
  • Expanding small game hunting opportunities for squirrel, rabbit and hare.
  • Expanding recreational shooting opportunities on public and private lands.
  • Preserving and promoting Michigan’s hunting and trapping heritage.

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Eligibility:

  • Any local, state, federal or tribal units of government, profit or non-profit groups, or individuals in Michigan who will commit to maintain the area to be improved for the useful life of the project.
    • Useful life is defined on a case-by-case basis as the period of time during which an improvement is capable of fulfilling its intended purpose with adequate, routine maintenance.
    • Possible useful life examples for projects would be: 1-3 years for wildlife food plots and 10 years for perennial herbaceous planting.
  • The applicant must commit to provide at least 10% of the total project cost.

Preferences:

  • Projects that incorporate specific goals in The GPS - the strategic plan of the Wildlife Division, will be given priority.

Ineligibility:

  • Projects with scope of work outside the grant focus area are not eligible for Wildlife Habitat Grant support. Within the focus area, the following types of projects are also not eligible:
    • Land acquisition or acquisition of rights in land.
    • Studies and/or management plan development.
    • Projects located outside the state of Michigan.
    • Projects where the primary habitat improvement or development is for agricultural purposes.
    • Projects where the primary activity is invasive species removal or prevention.
    • Projects where the primary improvement or development is the construction of buildings, viewing structures, seating structures, or any other type of structure that does not create or enhance wildlife habitat.
  • For all projects, the following items are examples of costs that are ineligible for reimbursement:
    • Costs incurred outside of the project period specified in the project agreement or amendment.
    • Salaries/wages not directly related to the project.
    • Time, supplies & materials, or equipment provided by the DNR.
    • Lodging for compensated workers.
    • Lodging or mileage for volunteer laborers.
    • Conference fees and speaker fees.
    • Purchase of equipment (e.g.: chain saws, wood chippers, atvs, vehicles, etc.).